Homeless crisis deepens with 30 additional families in emergency accommodation in June – Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the release of the Department of Housing’s June Homeless figures. The figures show that homeless crisis is deepening with an additional 30 families in emergency accommodation in June.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The June 2018 figures released today show that the number of homeless individuals now stands at 9,872. This is an increase of 26 people on May 2018 and a yearly increase of 1,931. This is an annual increase of 24%.
“There are 28 more homeless adults than May 2018. There are now 6,048 homeless adults across the State. This represents an increase of 1,002 people on the same month last year. This is an increase of 20%.
“In June 2018 there were 30 additional homeless families in emergency accommodation. The number of families accessing emergency accommodations services in June was 1,754. This is 389 more families than same month last year. This is an increase of 22%.
“While the number of homeless children is down marginally on May 2018 by two to 3,824 this is still 929 additional children compared to June 2017. This is an increase of 32%.
“The crisis isn’t getting better no matter how many hubs are opened. Minister Murphy has been reluctant to take measure to keep people in their homes. This doesn’t necessarily mean more resources.
“It means amending the Residential Tenancies Act to prevent buy to let landlords who benefitted from tax breaks from issuing vacant possession notices to quit when selling a property.
“Those working at coalface believe that this measure would stem the flow of families into homelessness.
“When it was introduced as an amendment last year both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael rejected it.
“The government cannot continue to wring its hands and host summits when there are practical measures that can be taken to alleviate the crisis.”